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Covid19 Pandemic

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  1. Cheddar

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    I would expect to see a spike also as the number of vaccines go up. More people being less careful once they think they are invincible.
     
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    https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210422005

    Restrictions Return for Halifax Regional Municipality

    Health and Wellness / COVID - 19

    April 22, 2021 - 3:43 PM

    Due to increasing cases of COVID-19, restrictions are returning in Halifax Regional Municipality and some communities on its borders, Premier Iain Rankin and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, April 22.

    “We are using these restrictions as a circuit breaker to prevent our case count from increasing,” said Premier Rankin. “We are taking quick action to limit the opportunity for the virus to spread any further in local communities.”

    The restrictions are effective Friday, April 23, at 8 a.m. and will remain in effect until at least May 20. They apply to all areas of Halifax Regional Municipality as well as these entire communities: Hubbards, Milford, Lantz, Elmsdale, Enfield, South Uniacke, Ecum Secum and Trafalgar.

    People should avoid traveling into and out of these areas unless it is absolutely necessary. Necessary travel would include for school, work, health care, legal requirements and family visitation under the purview of the Department of Community Services. Travel for shopping, social events, family visits, practices or rehearsals are not considered necessary.

    “We understand this is disruptive, but it is necessary to regain control of the virus,” said Dr. Strang. “I’m asking all Nova Scotians, especially residents in these areas, to do their part to help us fight COVID-19 by supporting and following these restrictions.”

    Most schools and all child care centres remain open. Beginning Friday, April 23, the following schools, which are in an area of increased COVID-19 activity, will close to students and move to at-home learning for a two-week period:

    • Auburn Drive High family of schools
    • Cole Harbour District High family of schools
    • Dartmouth High family of schools
    • École secondaire Mosaïque
    • École du Carrefour
    • École Bois-Joli
    Staff will remain working from schools and use this time to prepare online instruction.

    Families will receive more information from their schools or regional centre for education today.

    All other public schools in the province will continue with in-school learning. However, masks will be mandatory for all students effective April 26. As well, all school gyms across Nova Scotia will be closed for community use until at least May 20.

    Following is a list of restrictions in Halifax Regional Municipality and the communities listed above:

    • the gathering limit is five, both indoors and outdoors
    • no social events, special events, festivals, arts/cultural events, sports events, faith gatherings, wedding receptions, or funeral visitation or receptions
    • wedding and funeral ceremonies hosted by a recognized business or organization can have five people, plus officiants
    • no meetings or training except mental health and addictions support groups, which can have 25 people with physical distancing and masks
    • no sports practices, training, games, competitions or tournaments
    • no arts and culture rehearsals or in-person performances
    • virtual gatherings and performances can be held with a maximum of five people in one location
    • restaurants and licensed establishments are closed to seated service
    • licensed and unlicensed establishments cannot host activities such as darts, cards, pool and bowling
    • retail businesses and malls can operate at 25 per cent capacity and must follow other public health measures
    • personal services such as hair salons, barber shops and spas are closed
    • unregulated health professions such as massage therapy and other complementary or alternative medicine providers are closed, with the exception of continuing care workers, home-care workers, ocularists and podiatrists
    • indoor fitness facilities like gyms and yoga studios and sport and recreation facilities like pools, arenas, tennis courts and large multipurpose recreation facilities are closed
    • outdoor fitness and recreation businesses can operate with 25 people and physical distancing
    • businesses and organizations offering a wide variety of indoor recreation activities are closed, such as indoor play areas, arcades, climbing facilities, dance classes and music lessons
    • museums, libraries and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia are closed, but libraries can offer pick-up and drop-off of books and other materials Nova Scotia Art Gallery are closed, but libraries can offer pick-up and drop-off of books and other materials
    • there will be no visitors or volunteers allowed inside long-term care facilities but designated care providers can continue to provide normal service and outdoor visits can be arranged
    • all homes licensed by the Department of Community Service under the Homes for Special Care Act cannot have visitors and residents cannot have community access
    • all adult day programs for persons with disabilities funded by the Department of Community Services will be closed except for scheduled vaccine clinics at three of these programs
    • all adult day programs for seniors remain closed provincewide
    • in private indoor workplaces such as offices or warehouses, masks are mandatory effective April 23 in all common areas, places where there is interaction with the public, areas with poor ventilation, and areas where distance cannot be maintained
    Outdoor activities are encouraged for physical and mental well-being as long as gathering limits are followed. For example, trails, beaches and playgrounds are open.

    People who do not follow the gathering limit can be fined. The fine is $1,000 for each person at an illegal gathering.
     
  3. 17

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    Can’t go to the gym, but people from PEI and NL can come here

    Makes sense
     
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    Contact tracing from JJ Rossy's: start at the junior highs.
     
  6. C. Mike Hunt

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    https://novascotia.ca/news/release/?id=20210422007

    New Cases of COVID-19 Connected to Schools

    Education and Early Childhood Development / COVID - 19

    April 22, 2021 - 8:39 PM

    Nova Scotia is reporting five additional cases of COVID-19, identified today, April 22, connected to schools in Central Zone.

    One case was identified at each of the following schools:

    • Dartmouth South Academy, Dartmouth
    • Ross Road School, Westphal
    • Holland Road Elementary, Fletchers Lake
    • St. Catherine’s Elementary, Halifax
    • St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary, Halifax
    Dartmouth South Academy and Ross Road School are closed to students and those schools are moving to at-home learning for a two-week period. They are both part of the families of schools that were included in the restrictions announced earlier today.

    Holland Road Elementary will remain closed to students until Wednesday, April 28. Students will learn from home until the school reopens.

    St. Catherine’s Elementary will remain closed to students until Wednesday, April 28. Students will learn from home until the school reopens.

    St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary is currently closed due to a previous case and is expected to reopen on Monday, April 26.

    As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of these people and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

    Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested. No self-isolation is required, unless people have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.
     
  7. Wayne

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    Wow, NS blowing up...hope the variants aren't present.
     
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    So why did they close the families of schools in Dartmouth / Cole Harbour for 2 weeks, and the other ones only 3 school days? Also two of the ones listed above are now multiple cases at the school. Dartmouth South, & Joseph A Mackay both had cases earlier this week. I really hope that doesn't mean it spread in those elementary schools.
     
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  9. Grifter

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    192 cases in the past 48 hours. We are at 939 active cases in my city. FML.
     
  10. C. Mike Hunt

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    http://www.nshealth.ca/news/potenti...tral-western-and-northern-zones-and-three-air

    Potential exposure to COVID-19 at various locations in Central, Western and Northern Zones and three Air Canada flights

    Thursday, April 22, 2021 - 08:37PM

    Nova Scotia Health Public Health is advising of potential exposure to COVID-19 at various locations in the Central, Western and Northern Zones and three Air Canada flights. In addition to media releases, all potential exposure notifications are listed here: http://www.nshealth.ca/covid-exposures.

    Based on a decision made by the Medical Officers of Health, effective today, Public Health will only issue public potential exposure notifications in the Central Zone for locations where Public Health recommends people self-isolate and get tested. This means we will no longer be issuing notifications for low risk locations in Central Zone, such as retail or grocery stores. Given the risk of community transmission in the Central Zone, everyone should consider getting tested for COVID-19, not just those present at specific exposure locations. Public Health strongly encourages all Nova Scotians to get tested for COVID-19 and follow Public Health restrictions. We are increasing testing capacity to respond to the rising demand and plan to open an additional primary assessment centre this weekend at the Dartmouth Sportsplex.

    Public Health takes this work very seriously. Containing and managing this disease – and protecting the health of Nova Scotians – is our priority and focus. Any decision is made carefully in consideration of the risk posed to the community. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and support in slowing the spread of COVID-19 in Nova Scotia.

    Anyone who worked at or visited the following locations on the specified dates and times should immediately self-isolate and visit covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/ to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.

    Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following locations on the named dates and times are required to self-isolate while waiting for their test result. If you get a negative result, you do not need to keep self-isolating. If you get a positive result, you will be contacted by Public Health about what to do next.

    • Mic Mac Bar and Grill (Mic Mac Place, 219 Waverley Rd, Dartmouth) on April 16 between 4:15 p.m. and 6 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, April 30.
    • Stubborn Goat (1579 Grafton St, Halifax) on April 18 between 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 2.
    • II Ferramenta Pizzeria (59 Duke St, Chester) on April 18 between 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 2.
    • Appleseed Diner (33 MacGregor Ave, New Glasgow) on April 18 between 10:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 2.
    • Café Marco Polo (15 Kings Wharf Place, Dartmouth) on April 15, 16 and 19 between 7 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., April 17 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and April 18 between 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 3.
    Various Halifax Transit bus routes:
    • Route 60 travelling from Pleasant Street towards Dartmouth Bridge Terminal on April 20 between 12:30 p.m. and 1:40 p.m. and travelling from Dartmouth Bridge Terminal towards Pleasant Street between 2:20 p.m. and 3:40 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 4.
    • Route 56 travelling from Dartmouth Bridge Terminal to Dartmouth Crossing on April 20 between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. and travelling from Dartmouth Crossing to Dartmouth Bridge Terminal between 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 4.
    Regardless of whether or not you have COVID-19 symptoms, those present at the following locations on the named dates and times are required to self-isolate, get tested and continue self-isolating for 14 days, even with a negative test result.
    • 360 Fit (170 Joseph Zatzman Dr, Unit 4, Dartmouth) on April 18 between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 2.
    • Impact Ministries Church (2465 Gottingen St, Halifax) on April 18 between 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus at this location on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, May 2.
    Anyone who was on the following flights in the specified rows and seats should visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. You can also call 811 if you don’t have online access or if you have other symptoms that concern you.
    • Air Canada flight 604 travelling on April 12 from Toronto (7:50 a.m.) to Halifax (10:50 a.m.) Passengers in rows 17-23, seats A, B, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, April 29.
    • Air Canada flight 604 travelling on April 15 from Toronto (7:50 a.m.) to Halifax (10:50 a.m.) Passengers in rows 25-31, seats A, B, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, April 29.
    • Air Canada flight 8782 travelling on April 16 from Montreal (7:45 p.m.) to Halifax (9:30 p.m.) Passengers in rows 19-25, seats A, C and D are asked to immediately visit https://covid-self-assessment.novascotia.ca/en to book a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether or not they have COVID-19 symptoms. All other passengers on this flight should continue to self-isolate as required and monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. It is anticipated that anyone exposed to the virus on this flight on the named date may develop symptoms up to, and including, April 30.
     
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    We have been at 250-300 plus for a couple weeks not i think one day we had 177 but it was an error haha
     
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    any bets on how many cases we get today? Strang said to expect a few days of high numbers as the tests roll in.
     
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    25-35 easy

    because I bet they did a fuck load of testing
     
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    yeah the testing sites here in sackville this week were packed
     
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    This guy though.... Screenshot_20210423-100815_Instagram.jpg
     
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    Hopefully he pisses off enough people and goes under.
     
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    oh my god I just checked their facebook feed. Is boing their social media coordinator? :rofl:
     
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    Today's press release

    Forty-four new cases of COVID-19 are being reported in Nova Scotia today, April 23.

    Thirty-three cases are in Central Zone, five of which were identified Thursday, April 22, at Dartmouth South Academy in Dartmouth, Ross Road School in Westphal, Holland Road Elementary in Fletchers Lake, St. Catherine’s Elementary in Halifax and St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary in Halifax.

    Five cases are in Eastern Zone, four cases are in Western Zone and two are in Northern Zone.

    One of the cases in Central Zone is a staff member at The Ivy Meadows, a long-term care facility in Beaver Bank. As a precaution, residents are being isolated and cared for in their rooms and the facility is closed to visitors and designated caregivers. The Ivy Meadows is working with public health on testing required for residents and staff. All residents were offered vaccinations earlier and the majority of residents accepted full vaccination with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.

    Due to an increased number of investigations in recent days, exposure category (i.e., travel, close contact or unknown) is not always available by release time. A breakdown by zone identifying exposure categories will no longer be provided regularly. There are signs of community spread in Central Zone. At this time there are no signs of community spread in Eastern, Northern or Western Zone.

    Seven UK variant cases have been identified. There have been 73 cases of the UK variant, 12 cases of the South African variant and one case of the Brazil variant identified in Nova Scotia.

    “With the new restrictions taking effect today, we are asking Nova Scotians to do their part to slow the spread of COVID-19,” said Premier Iain Rankin. “We’ve done this before and we can do it again. We all have a responsibility to follow the public health measures that help to keep ourselves, our families and our communities safe.”

    As of today, Nova Scotia has 150 active cases of COVID-19.

    Nova Scotia Health Authority's labs completed 5,956 Nova Scotia tests on April 22.

    There were 6,520 tests administered between April 16 and 22 at the rapid-testing pop-up sites in Halifax and Sackville.

    As of April 22, 260,788 doses of COVID-19 vaccine have been administered. Of those, 34,493 Nova Scotians have received their second dose.
     
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    44/5956 = 0.739% positive rate.

    5 recoveries in the past 24 hours.

    13,476 doses of vaccine administered.
     
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    This is to be expected over the next few days, this isn't a surprise.
     
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    Out of an abundance of caution I just looked into testing options for myself. As I have some work to do at a buddy's house who has kid who is immunocompromised.

    Earliest appointment for asymptomatic testing in Halifax/Dartmouth looks to be Sunday.

    Current info I've been given says Sackville rapid testing site is 2 hour wait or more, and no actual time on the Convention center but I've been told it's wrapped around the building.

    Nice to see people getting tested, but as someone who is confident that I'd produce a negative test, I'm not going to stand in a.2 hour lineup.
     
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    My sister just said the high school in Truro now has at least one case (my niece goes there). Any employees at the hospital in Truro are now moving to full PPE for any interaction with any patient (that's where she works).

    Shit's hittin' the fan. Yikes.
     
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    Dig in folks it's happening everywhere, I just want to find a cave and ride the rest of this out there but I don't think the wife would be happy doing that
     
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    Also national vaccine advisory committee said Canada needs to open up the AZ vaccine to 30+ so let’s goooooo
     
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    Serious thought has been put into my family taking my wall tent, guns and supplies, loading up the quads, packing our stuff and heading for the hills! :lol:
     
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    I just traded a gun so I have to wait for that to show up and I still have a commissioned piece of work I need to finish before I go anywhere but it's for a friend and he is in no rush but it still needs to get done.
    Plus the wife won't like driving back into civilization just to go to work and then back out to my cave to cook supper for me and the dog :hsugh:
     
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    Two New Cases of COVID-19 Connected to Schools, St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Update

    Education and Early Childhood Development / COVID - 19

    April 23, 2021 - 4:28 PM

    Nova Scotia is reporting two additional cases of COVID-19, identified today, April 23, connected to Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, Northern Zone, and Shipyard Elementary in Sydney, Eastern Zone. Neither person was in school today.

    The schools will remain closed to students until Thursday, April 29. A deep cleaning will take place and students will learn from home during the closure. Families will receive an update before students return to school.

    In addition, due to the number of close contacts connected to previously identified cases, and out of an abundance of caution, St. Joseph’s-Alexander McKay Elementary in Halifax will remain closed to students until May 10. Families will receive more information from the school today.

    As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of these cases and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

    Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested. No self-isolation is required, unless people have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.

    Information about COVID-19 cases connected to public schools can be found at: https://www.ednet.ns.ca/backtoschool/case-info .

    Because these cases came in after the cut-off for reporting, they are not included in today’s case update and will not appear on our data website, dashboard or daily COVID-19 case release until Saturday, April 24.
     
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    I wouldn't say shit's hitting the fan. Sure there's a spike but it's not like we are seeing thousands of new cases a day.
     
  31. Grifter

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    109 new cases in my town today. We are now over 1000.
     
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    One New Case of COVID-19 Connected to School

    Education and Early Childhood Development / COVID - 19

    April 23, 2021 - 8:40 PM
    Nova Scotia is reporting one additional case of COVID-19, identified today, April 23, connected to Oyster Pond Academy in Oyster Pond, Central Zone. The person was not in school today.

    The school will remain closed to students until Thursday, April 29. A deep cleaning will take place and students will learn from home during the closure. Families will receive an update before students return to school.

    As with any positive case, public health will be in touch with any close contacts of this case and advise of next steps, including testing. Everyone who is a close contact will be notified, tested and asked to self-isolate for 14 days.

    Out of an abundance of caution, public health is recommending that all students and staff be tested. No self-isolation is required, unless people have been identified as a close contact by public health or have symptoms.
     
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    I'm not following this whole deep cleaning thing. If the virus lasts out of a body for X days, why not just keep the school closed for X+1? It really seems like it's some sort of optics thing vs an actual function move.
     
  34. Grifter

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    Anything we have to share at work, that we don't necessarily need to deep clean, we use, swap out, isolate for 3 days, then it's good to go again. That was under the direction of Alberta health.
     
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    We were out for a walk around the neighbourhood before curfew. There was a car with NS plates (Steele stealership car). I wanted to tell them to fly the blazes home.
     

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